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CDR-R Frank Weisser

                                                  Photo of Frank Weisser, USNA Class '00, as Blue Angel #5, Lead Solo    

    Frank was one of the first graduates of the USNA AFF program, achieving status as an experienced skydiver.   The AFF program was precursor to the USNAPT charter formation in 2008.   He went on to Naval Air, subsequently joining the Blue Angels.   After return to the fleet, then retirement as a CDR, Frank was contracted as one of the actual pilots in the movie 'TOP GUN - Maverick', working with star Tom Cruise.

Navy

     Frank reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., for aviation indoctrination in October 2000. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and transferred to NAS Meridian, Miss., for intermediate and advanced flight training in the T-2C Buckeye and the T-45C Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in November 2002.

     Frank remained with Training Squadron 7 (VT-7) as an Instructor Pilot in the T-45C as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD). During his tour, Frank served as the Squadron Facilities Manager and Schedules Officer. In June 2004, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), the "Gladiators," at NAS Oceana, Va., for training in the F/A-18C Hornet.

     In April 2005, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87), the "War Party," where he deployed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in August 2005. During this deployment, Frank flew 34 combat missions over Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While with the "War Party," Frank served as the Schedules Officer, Avionics/Armament (AV/ARM) Division Officer, Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). While there, Frank was awarded the Lieutenant Charles Nelson Award for Junior Officer Leadership and contributed to the "War Party" receiving the 2005 and 2006 Battle "E" for sustained superior performance in an operational environment.

Blue Angels

     Frank joined the Blue Angels in September 2007. He served as the Narrator and VIP Pilot in 2008 and as the Opposing Solo pilot and NATOPS Officer in 2009. He has accumulated more than 3200 flight hours and nearly 200 carrier arrested landings. He earned a Master's Degree in Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in September 2009. His decorations include the Strike Flight Air Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various personal and unit awards.  He flew Lead Solo in the #5 plane

                        

'22-'72 Rig

                                                    

                                                                                     ALUMNI APPRECIATION                                                                      

                                                             

             Class of '72 presents ceremonial parachute system to USNAPT

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Leap of Faith, Part 1

Leap of Faith, Part 2

Leap of Faith, Part 3

 

ALUMNI SPONSORS


                                                                                                                          FRIENDS !!

You may not realize that this organization is in it's fledgling phase.  Recognition by the Academy administration was first established in March, 2008.  We're trying to raise funding subsidies and contributions for skydiving expenses, equipment, aircraft, and travel support for involvement in the competitive skydiving universe.  The intention is also to develop the Demo Team to be available for skydive demonstrations on campus, at Navy-Marine Corps stadium, and other venues.

You're probably aware that USAFA and USMA already have these programs; in spades.   The desire is to make inroads similar to their programs.

If you care to assist, and be recognized, please click 'Register' above, and provide the necessary information.  In the 'SponsorStatus' box, put 'Yes'.   ...   If you can't make a material contribution, please provide in the 'AgencyContact' box any name or agency, and a contact, that you feel will have a sentiment toward our endeavor.  At least, please forward this website address to a colleague or someone you consider may be an Academy supporter.  Note that Academy personnel are not allowed to seek assistance and/or contributions directly.  We at this website act strictly as a communication conduit on the status and activities of the Parachute Team, and the Skydiving Club. 

All contributions must be mailed to: 

Comptroller-Gift Fund Division    181 Wainwright Road    Annapolis, MD 21412

Attn:   MWF - Parachute Team

                 This request is made with advance appreciation and sincere thanks.  For some background on what's happened in the past, please refer to these links, in addition to other links on this site:

Here Comes the Navy 

Wings & Wheels

Black & Gold Meet

USNAPT at the Wind Tunnel

Sunshine! Sunshine!

Annapolis & West Point at Aberdeen

 

For more information, see SupportUSNAPT

              

 

 

 

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